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Just hours after Everton announced that Sam Allardyce would leave Goodison Park, West Ham have revealed that David Moyes is set to step down as manager with immediate effect. Like Allardyce, Moyes returned to the Premier League last November, and was tasked with changing the fortunes of a struggling West Ham side.
Six months later and Moyes has left his position at the London Stadium, despite guiding West Ham to a respectable 13th placed finish in the Premier League, with the club nine points above the relegation zone. The Scot’s assistants Stuart Pearce, Alan Irvine, and Billy McKinlay are also reported to have left West Ham earlier today.
Hammers co-chairman David Sullivan said: “I would like to place on record my sincere thanks to David Moyes and his staff for achieving the target of keeping West Ham United in the Premier League.
“Throughout his time here, David has carried himself with dignity and honesty and we have all found him to be a pleasure to work with.
“He, Alan, Stuart and Billy accepted the challenge and attacked it head on, turning around a difficult situation. They deserve great respect for the job they have done and they leave the club with our best wishes.
“When David and his team arrived, it was the wish of both parties that the focus be only on the six months until the end of the season, at which point a decision would be made with regards to the future.
“Having taken stock of the situation and reflected now the campaign is complete, we feel that it is right to move in a different direction.
Sullivan went on to claim that West Ham are currently in the process of appointing a ‘high-calibre’ manager, with the club likely to make an announcement within the next 10 days. Rumours from the London Stadium suggest that current Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez and former Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini are hot favourites to replace Moyes.
David Moyes leaves West Ham with a 29% win rate, winning nine, drawing 10, and losing 12 of his 31 matches in charge of the club. The figure marks Moyes’ best win percentage since his brief stint at Manchester United between 2013 – 2014 (52%).